So things have been going relatively slow lately. I changed the combat somewhat, but my main focus recently has been on destruction. I know what you kiddies want, you want your attacks to create craters and explode mountains off in the distance. To kick Raditz into a flurry of boulders and watch his health chop down with every blow. I'll get to that, but not yet. For now, you'll have to settle for rock explosions.
I don't know why it took me so long to implement them. Before I actually had fucking bones in my rocks and animated the explosions, fading them out later on. With the new "system" though, things look much better. Whenever you blast one of the large rocks, they will explode into little (or big) sub-rocks which will collide with the terrain.
So yeah, that parts cool, but it gets better. To DBZify it slightly more, if you walk over to those little sub-rocks and charge your energy... Just try it. It really adds that DBZ feeling to the gameplay when your surroundings are interacting with you, and I only recently learned how much importance the maps actually hold.
You'll also notice that Landing has somewhat improved models and textures. The main ones being the trees and mountains, which should look much better than that crap billboard I had before. The trees are actually modeled, and they have a smooth little mesh distortion script attached to them so that they "blow" in the wind, more or less.
I'm just trying to get Landing as clean as possible before I move onto the earlier maps, just so Future Xatoku doesn't have too much BS to deal with.
As for the combat, the only think I added (I think) was the ability to initiate and dominate Speed Melee for a few seconds. If you are teleporting/backhandspringing/dashing and press LMB when close enough to Raditz, you will start Speed Melee instead of always having to match his hits. I'm not sure if I'll keep it in or not, but it does feel really great beating on him for that short burst of damage.
I've also made the beam struggles a little more fast paced, and made the heavy hits hit farther. The camera is also now affected by how far you are from your enemy, so that's a nice little addition too.
Honestly, I've been slacking a bit. Mainly because my dog passed away, so I'm a bit depressed, but I'm sure I'll be able to move on within the coming weeks.
But I get it, this isn't really the place to talk about that kind of stuff. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little update, and if any ideas -- any at all -- pop into your heads about different ways of adding destructible environments (other than craters and rock explosions) give me a shout below.
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That wraps up this update. I'll try to get to work on the earlier episodes as much I can, and hopefully we'll be able to kill Raditz before the Summer!